[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 79: Form Arcosanti, Slowdive & R&Beats

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Episode #79: Form Arcosanti, Slowdive + R&Beats

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After a week away at Form Arcosanti, there were a bunch of new albums to catch up on from Slowdive, Nick Hakim, Nite Jewel, Hoops & more. The resulting mix made for a more laid back episode until the end where we got into some vocal-driven indie electronic tunes from Nick Murphy and newcomers Worth Way along with some hard-hitting bass music from the likes of Vincent, Flume and Sinjin Hawke.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2017 Round #3)


We know you’re really only here for the music, so we’ll keep it short and sweet. Every Tuesday, right here, a brand new Indie Dojo. Set an alarm, write it in your planner, tie a ribbon around your finger. Whatever you do, don’t miss out (but if you do, we’ve got archives too).

’Brvthr – Here We Are’
’Jole –
Birds’

’Peter Piek – 01 1st Song’
’Ten Sleep –
Roommates’

’Anghara Drake –
Baby’

’Midday Swim – Hold On Tight’
’Fleurie –
Soldier’

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Someone – The Deep [TMN PREMIERE]

Someone
The Deep

We see it all the time. Artists are continually evolving as people, and with that lifelong progression, their sound typically follows. Sometimes it takes shape by way of a completely unexpected album (think Thrice’s Vheissu), and other times it comes to fruition through another project. What we’re bringing today is the latter, as Someone is the brand new act via former teenage singer-songwriter Tessa Rose Jackson.

This new project is all about creating, as showcased by a series of EPs that will cover a notably different theme. The first, which we’re highlighting currently, is The Deep which loosely describes the somewhat messy evolution from TRJ to Someone.

I wanted a name that meant: Don’t worry about who I am. Just check out what I make. I make a lot. Some you may like, some you may not. But I’ll like it. And you know what, I’m someone too.

The self-titled single has been streaming in our headphones for the past few days and we just can’t get enough. It still has elements of that well-defined pop sensibility, given the quite catchy hooks and heavenly voice, but the addition of buzzing guitars, laid-back percussion and basslines, and soaring strings bring it into an entirely different realm. And, it’s one that we’re sure you’ll be quite fond of.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2017 Round #3)


Long days, warm nights, and endless indie dojos. Bring. It. On. (Please).

’Callum Pitt – Least He’s Happy’
’Sam Fender – Play God’
’Ivy Nations – Live By Design’
’Doctrine
Play’
’BOND
BARBRA’
’Alex Fisher – She Dreams of Dolphins’
’Nick and June – Home Is Where The Heart Hurts Pt. 1’
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[Denver Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] TMN Presents: Fenech-Soler @ Lost Lake – 5/16

The U.K. based duo consisting of brothers Ross and Ben Duffy, Fenech-Soler, have supplied our highly sensitive Ninja ears with some of the most danceable, tasteful, and wistful electro-pop for years. First appearing on our hallowed pages all the way back in 2009, Fenech-Soler have fashioned an even tighter grasp on their cheery synth-pop iterations in the time since. This year, the pair have already unveiled two full releases in the form of their LP Zilla, and the appropriately titled cover EP The Covers; which both sound of a band confidently coming to terms with their sound while steadily refining it. Loaded with personality and excellent fits of experimentation, their latest releases have been straightforward, unashamed pop music fusing indie sensibilities with grandiose synths and razor-sharp electronic production that we know will play wonderfully in a live scenario. Yet another reason we are thrilled to be presenting their next live date in beautiful Denver, CO at Lost Lake Lounge.

Of course we had to get our Ninja faithful involved as well, so we’re giving away a pair of tickets rather simply and painlessly! As always, entering is beyond simple (click on this post header if you’re still on the TMN front page), just follow our two easy steps below, and for those who would rather guarantee their entry into the show, tickets can be purchased here as well. Best of luck Ninjas!

How to Enter

1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on Facebook here:

2) Comment below this post with your favorite Fenech-Soler song (we’ve included FOUR below, c’mon!) and BOOM, you have been entered!

There are a few rules, of course:
– Must be 18+
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to guarantee entry at the Lost Lake door.
– 1 Winner will be announced May 16th, the day of the show.

Enjoy our mini-playlist in anticipation of the show, and we will see you on the 16th Denver! Start commenting below!

’Fenech Soler – Grace’
’Fenech Soler – Cold Light’
‘Fenech Soler – Last Forever’
’Fenech Soler – Maiyu’
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Northern Faces – Messin’ With Me [TMN PREMIERE]

Northern Faces
Messin' With Me

The old saying, “three’s a crowd,” doesn’t apply here. It’s quite the contrary, in fact. We’re beyond excited to guide you into the third album (via Equal Vision Records) from Big Apple-based rockers Northern Faces. While we can’t showcase the entire body of work just yet, we can uncover just a tidbit for you today. But, it should provide ample reasons for you to get excited for what we’re calling “one hell of a progression.”

Not to say that we weren’t already fans of this impressive trio, but we’re thoroughly enjoying their growth and maturation. “Messin’ With Me” proudly boasts just that, providing the inevitable desire to nod your head, tap your feet, and shake your hips. It’ll be hard not to, considering the driving bassline and catchy-as-top-40 hooks that lay oh-so meticulously on intricate guitar work.

More so than other bands we write up, we’re especially excited to catch these dudes live. Why’s that? It’s all in their attitude towards their live show.

Our live shows are our pride and joy. We take a lot of pride in trying to put on a show that leaves a lasting impression on the audience. The stage really is our home.

We’re planning on witnessing this tune, amongst others, at their upcoming show in Denver. We highly recommend you get out and do the same. Take a look below, figuratively circle that date, and get ready to lace up your dancing shoes.

6/2 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
6/3 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Sache at Intersection
6/4 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
6/5 – Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
6/6 – Indianapolis, IN @ The HiFi
6/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
6/9 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/10 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/11 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion***
6/13 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
6/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post
6/16 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
6/17 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
6/18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
6/19 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
6/21 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
6/22 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
6/23 – Dublin, MN @ The Red Herring Lounge
6/24 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2017 Round #2)

Some days in life can be tough. And sometimes on those tough days there’s nothing better than laying in the middle of the floor, or couch, or bed, or hay stack (whatever) and listening to some good ass tunes. Now, finding the right tunes can also be tough (and frustrating). So we’ve done all the hard work for you. We got hours and hours of Indie Dojos that will continuously play until your ears fall off. So kick back, relax and listen for as long as your heart, soul & ears desire.
’Boykie – Jet lagged’
’Dreamspook – Island Castle’
’The Dip – Sure Don’t Miss You’
’These Winter Nights – Heart’s on Fire’
’lucas jones – ripples in the pond’
’Jacob Wylde – Ocean Liner’
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